[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 116 (Monday, June 19, 2017)]
[Notices]
[Page 27816]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-12733]


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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[EPA-R05-RCRA-2017-0198; FRL-9963-62--Region 5]


Michigan: Notice of Determination of Adequacy of Michigan's 
Research, Development and Demonstration (RD&D) Permit Provisions for 
Municipal Solid Waste Landfills (MSWLF)

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: On May 10, 2016, EPA issued a revision to the regulations 
allowing RD&D permits to increase the number of permit renewals allowed 
to six, for a total permit term of up to 21 years.
    On February 15, 2017, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality 
(MDEQ) submitted a notification to EPA Region 5 seeking Federal 
approval of its revised RD&D requirements. Subject to public review and 
comment, this document approves Michigan's revised RD&D permit 
requirements.

DATES: This determination of adequacy of the RD&D permit program for 
Michigan will become effective August 18, 2017 unless adverse comments 
are received. If adverse comments are received, EPA will review those 
comments and publish another Federal Register document responding to 
those comments and either affirm or revise EPA's initial decision. 
Comments on this determination of adequacy must be received on or 
before July 19, 2017.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-R05-
RCRA-2017-0198, to the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting 
comments. Once submitted, comments cannot be edited or withdrawn. The 
EPA may publish any comment received to its public docket. Do not 
submit electronically any information you consider to be Confidential 
Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is 
restricted by statute. Multimedia submissions (audio, video, etc.) must 
be accompanied by a written comment. The written comment is considered 
the official comment and should discussion of all points you wish to 
make. The EPA will generally not consider comments or comment contents 
located outside of the primary submission (i.e. on the web, cloud, or 
other file sharing system). For additional submission methods, the full 
EPA public comment policy, information about CBI or multimedia 
submissions, and general guidance on making effective comments, please 
visit http://www2epa.gov/dockets/commenting-epa-dockets.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cynthia Meyer, U.S. EPA Region 5, Land 
and Chemicals Division, 77 West Jackson Boulevard LM-16J, Chicago, 
Illinois 60604, (312) 886-5868, [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

A. Background

    On March 22, 2004, EPA issued a final rule amending the MSWLF 
criteria in 40 CFR part 258 to allow for RD&D permits (69 FR 13242). 
This rule allows for variances from specified criteria for a limited 
period of time, to be implemented through state-issued RD&D permits. 
RD&D permits are available only in states with approved MSWLF permit 
programs that have been modified to incorporate RD&D permit authority. 
On May 10, 2016, the EPA issued a revision to the regulations allowing 
RD&D permits to increase the number of permit renewals allowed to six, 
for a total permit term of up to 21 years (40 CFR 258.4).
    While states are not required to incorporate this new provision, 
those states interested in providing RD&D permits must seek approval 
from EPA before issuing such permits. On October 30, 2006, Michigan 
received approval of its RD&D permit program (71 FR 51614). On February 
15, 2017, MDEQ submitted a notification to EPA Region 5 seeking Federal 
approval of its revised RD&D requirements per the procedures in 40 CFR 
239.12. Michigan's revised RD&D provisions can be found in Part 115 of 
the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act as amended by 
2016 PA 437.

B. Decision

    EPA has made a determination that the Michigan RD&D permit 
provisions as set out in Part 115 of the Natural Resources and 
Environmental Protection Act as amended by 2016 PA 437 comply with the 
Federal criteria, as set forth in 40 CFR 258.4.

    Authority: This action is issued under the authority of section 
2002, 4005 and 4010(c) of the Solid Waste Disposal Act, as amended, 
40 U.S.C. 6912, 6945 and 6949(a).

    Dated: May 29, 2017.
 Robert A. Kaplan,
Acting Regional Administrator, Region 5.
[FR Doc. 2017-12733 Filed 6-16-17; 8:45 am]
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